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Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4 | [Tana French]

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Mary 10-01-12
    Mary 10-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great storyteller"

    Wonderful story, excellent narrator. Author and narrator combine to provide a thoughtful, introspective mystery. Not so much the what happened but more importantly the whys of what happened. Finely developed.

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    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 09-30-12
    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Something's in the water"

    Seriously, I thought the author would eventually reveal that this family (and all of Broken Harbor for that matter) was poisoned by lead plumbing, what with all the mental health issues and shoddy construction.

    As I listened to the first two-thirds of the book I kept telling my husband this was one he shouldn't miss. I found the story and setting fascinating. I laughed at the bursts of levity that popped through. I loved the sidekick.

    Alas, in the end I was just getting through a tedious resolution. In summary: a great story with an excess of psychiatric patients.

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    N. Spangler Charlottesville, VA 09-29-12
    N. Spangler Charlottesville, VA 09-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Tana French does it again"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbor the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Hogan's performance!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There's something going on in that house out at Broken Harbor and Ms. French keeps you asking nearly the entire time "will they figure out what it is?"


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    Very much enjoyed the narrator - his accent was authentic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tee Bellflower Atlanta, GA 09-29-12
    Tee Bellflower Atlanta, GA 09-29-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Micro-Mystery"

    I am a huge Tana French fan, and was chomping at the bit for this audiobook - especially with so many reviews ranking it as the best in the series. And of course, her writing is brilliant. The setting of the crime takes place in one of the ghost-town neighborhoods of McMansions that were left to starve after the recession. I felt like I was there...the despair of the neighborhood is palpable with the writing. The characters, as always were great - I really liked Ritchie - but not Dinah (which may not have been so bad had I read instead of been exposed to narrator's interpretation....fingernails on chalkboard). And the actual unfolding of the crime was engrossing, too.....what IS that thing in the attic?!! Ms. French is a force of talent and imagination. However...however, I thought it a bit slow in the way that the time I spent listening felt like it was moving more quickly than the action in the book -- extremely meticulous conversations and insight into the main character's thoughts and background. While this may have been my least favorite of the Dublin Murder Squad series, I still recommend it to crime fans and look forward to the next.

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    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 09-27-12
    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 09-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Her best yet!"

    Tana French is rapidly becoming my favorite writer of mystery thrillers. Quite possibly in my top 10 favorite writers in any genre. I loved In the Woods and Faithful Place and liked The Likeness very much. I would hardly have thought it possible, but this novel beats her others hands down, both as a whodunit and as an interesting set of psychological character studies. Not only is the novel itself wonderful, but Stephen Hogan's narration is the best in the series too. He does a wonderful job differentiating social classes by varying the Irish dialects they speak. All in all it is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.

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    Justin P. Anderson 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Extremely Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    No, but only because it is a mystery and now I know what happens! The performance, story and writing were very good and deserve the highest praise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    Finding out my speculation as to the ending was all wrong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very first description of "Bryan's Town" so incredibly creepy and believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book deals with the murders of two small children, so there are portions of it that are hard to listen to. If I were reading it, I could skim, but the audible version makes me listen to parts that are difficult to hear but necessary for the impact of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Be wary if you are squeamish or can not handle hearing about children being killed. There are some graphic moments in this dealing with difficult subject matter.

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    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 09-24-12
    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I wish I could return it and get my credit back."
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

    I will definitely not. I couldn't even finish this one.


    Has Broken Harbor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I remember.


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    A. Harris santa ana, ca 09-24-12
    A. Harris santa ana, ca 09-24-12

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    "Stephen Hogan is the best narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbor the most enjoyable?

    Not predictable, moved along, kept my interest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the development of the relationship between Kennedy and Curran


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Murders: yes. Mystery: not much."

    However, Tana French has again given us a well written work of fiction. She continues to be an author that I don't hesitate to buy new releases.

    She weaves characters, relationships, location, and the economy together around the murders in a family.

    The main characters are a senior detective with a rigid sense of right and wrong and a life broken by childhood tragedy, a rookie detective fresh from traffic duty and trying to bend justice to his compassionate sense of right, and four childhood friends with a group history and divergent adult lives. The setting includes a crumbling "upscale" housing development and job loss, both caused by the economic downturn.

    I was really fascinated by the gradual descent into madness of the murdered family. First the husband, then the wife, and then the two children! The sister and a watcher were close by and could have stepped in to help, but they were totally clueless as to what was going on inside the house.

    From the beginning there weren't many possible outcomes. The story was more a matter of unlocking exactly what had happened, how, and why. There were some unusual clues (holes in the walls), withheld evidence, wrong turns and missteps along the way, but the ending was justice if not a surprise.

    As with other Dublin Murder Squad books, this can stand alone. It is not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.

    The story kept my attention, the narration is decent, and I enjoyed the whole listen.

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    David 09-18-12
    David 09-18-12
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    "Blistering"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic story in this series.

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